Off topic RE: Ballet Shoes (was RE: DWJ sans frontiers)

Belben, Philip (Energy Wholesale) Philip.Belben at
Tue Jul 5 12:39:47 EDT 2005

> Someone mentioned organs - to say, I think,  that it wasn't related -
> but I feel it could be related to organ stops (isn't that what the
> little round press in buttons are called) and perhaps some were called
> Swellers informally if they had the effect of swelling the music.
> Pretty far out in terms of guessing I suppose....

That was why I mentioned organs in the first place.  A "Stop" is the
control to select a rank of pipes, often in the form of a little round
button as you suggest.

A "Swell" (I have never heard it called a sweller) is an arrangement
where organ pipes are enclosed in a box, and you vary the volume by
opening and closing louvres on the box, usually with a foot pedal.  (I
once played an organ where you had to operate the swell by moving your
knee.  I never got the hang of it.)

But why "front"?  And why "Sweller" instead of "Swell"?  And what does
it mean at the end of it?

I've never read the book, BTW, so I have no idea whether the singing in
question was to be accompanied on an organ.

Philip.  (Still not very helpful, I'm afraid)

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